Apparently, in the UK, the recording industry just can't allow perfectly legal CDs from other markets to be sold. It would upset their ability to price discriminate against UK buyers. Three years ago, we covered the situation involving UK-based CD retailer CD Wow, who got in trouble for importing CDs from overseas and selling them in the UK at cheaper prices. The CDs themselves were legal -- but just not intended for the UK market. The record labels, of course, had been using price discrimination, making CDs in the UK more expensive than identical CDs elsewhere. It seems ridiculous then to stop someone from committing a little arbitrage and importing the cheaper overseas CDs, but apparently the industry took the situation quite seriously. They're back at it, though, with the British Phonographic Industry (the UK equivalent to the RIAA) now seeking contempt of court charges against CD Wow for apparently selling a few more of these overseas CDs. For its own part, CD Wow denies any wrongdoing, while also pointing out how ridiculous the law is in the first place.
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